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Duplication Exercise






Train your students to notice details and “see like artists” with this fun activity! In her classic drawing books, Drawing with Children and Drawing for Older Children and Teens, art teacher and author Mona Brookes offers an engaging way to practice seeing and drawing using her “Duplication Exercise”. This activity is completely adaptable to any […]






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“Touch” Contour Drawing






A workshop participant trying out the “touch” method of contour drawing In my last teacher workshop, I showed how students can improve their drawing skills with different types of contour drawing. In previous posts, I’ve talked about blind, memory and guided contour drawing. Last, but not least, is “touch” contour drawing. This is another great […]






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More Contour Drawing – “Memory” and “Guided”






“Guided” Contour Drawing by Austin, grade 5 In her book, Art for Kids: Drawing, artist and author Kathryn Temple reminds us that, “The most important thing an artist can do is pay attention.” It’s amazing how most people go through life without really looking at the world around them. Contour drawing will help you break […]






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Teacher Workshop – Contour Drawing!






“Blind Contour Drawing” of a student in my workshop! I love this quote by Kathryn Temple, author of Art for Kids: Drawing…. “Drawing has more to do with seeing than it does with holding a pencil in your hand.” So true!! In my teacher workshop last weekend (“Teaching Drawing to Kids”) we focused on how […]






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Negative Space Tree Drawings






6th Grade Drawings of the Trees in our Parking Lot! If you hurry, you can still fit this project in before the trees start sprouting leaves and you have to wait til fall!Kids love any excuse to get out of the classroom, so if you can, go outside and have them do the first part […]






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Dot Monsters are great fun and full of surprises!

Dot Monsters!






Dot Monsters are a perfect activity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early finishers” who end up with free time after completing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love making these! Dot Monsters nurture imagination and encourage creative thinking and problem solving…. and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]






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Pink Gold – Sketching with Erasers!






Did you know that the simple pink eraser at the tip of your #2 pencil is worth it’s weight in gold?? (Or maybe even more, since erasers don’t weigh much!) Well, it is and here’s why…. I don’t use these erasers for erasing (I save that for my trusty “Magic Rub”), I use them for […]






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